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Morning news and notes for Monday, May 17, 2021

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Seattle Mariners Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s to more good than bad this week!

Seattle 3, Cleveland 2

CTC Recap | Box Score

Three losses in a row for the good guys. Shane Bieber struggled and Cleveland’s offense couldn’t handle the vaunted Mariners’ bullpen day. Cleveland is now 21-17 on the season.

Cleveland Baseball Team News

Bieber, Cleveland’s bats fall flat in finale | indians.com

From Mandy Bell:

“That one’s on me,” Cleveland starter Shane Bieber said. “It’s frustrating not doing what I know I can do and what I set out to do, but it is what it is, and I got to focus on the next one.”

“It’s kind of been the theme of the last few outings,” Bieber said. “I haven’t been super sharp like the beginning of the year. … But, objectively, the bullpen did a phenomenal job of saving me there in that fifth inning — Phil did — and keeping the game close the entire game, and we almost scratched one out. So, as a team, I thought it was a well-fought game.”

Triston McKenzie and combating walks | cleveland.com

The young right-hander leads the AL with 25 free passes allowed.

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